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Big Voice: a Documentary by Varda Hardy


Big Voice: a Documentary by Santa Monica’s Varda Hardy
Award-winning filmmaker Varda Hardy brings us Big Voice, the story of Santa Monica High School’s hugely committed Choir Director and his accomplished students.  By capturing the extraordinary accomplishments of this public school program, Big Voice demonstrates the possibility of excellent public education and even more specifically the value of arts education within our public schools.

As part of a grassroots effort, the producers of the film are currently raising funds through Kickstarter, a crowd funding, all or none, vehicle to be able to continue filming through the end of the school year.

All funding will go towards the production phase of Big Voice to pay for the crew, equipment and travel needed to follow the subjects throughout the year.

Due to the incredible support of 166 backers, Big Voice has currently raised almost $17,000 but if $23,000 more is not raised in the next 10 days the project will receive no funding.

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Mexican Food in Santa Monica: Your Complete Guide


If you are anything like us, you are frequently on the hunt for good Mexican food in Santa Monica, whether it’s margaritas at happy hour, late night tacos or a burrito to go.  Below is the Buy Local Market guide to all 25 Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica. Your tips, questions and comments are always welcome!

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Mexican Restaurants in Santa Monica, CA

Baja Bud’s 1315 3rd St. Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
Fresh and Healthy Mexican Food

(310) 393-6060
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Sunday 11am – 10pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Serves Beer and Wine
  • Outdoor Seating

Tip
Fish burritos are excellent but take a little while! So worth the wait.  – Nathalie K. (foursquare)


Border Grill 1445 4th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting

(310) 451-1655
Menu | Directions | Visit Site | Reservations
Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 10pm | Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 11pm | Sunday 11:30am – 10pm

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm | Friday and Saturday – after 10pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Serves Alcohol
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tips
My favorite dish is the cochinita pibil. So delicious! The margaritas are killer too! – Kathryn S. (foursquare)

$10 quick-lunch at the bar includes app, main and drink. – Charm N. (foursquare)

Find the Border Grill Truck!


Cabo Cantina 1240 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
Enjoy good drinks, good food and good prices in a fun, casual atmosphere filled with upbeat party hits

(310) 393-5755
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday-Wednesday 11:30 – 1am | Thursday-Friday 11:30 – 2am | Saturday 10am – 2am | Sunday 1am – 1am

Happy Hour
7 days a week 4pm – 8pm | All Drinks 2 for 1 Prices

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

Specials
Taco Tuesdays
All You Can Eat Tacos $4.95 (includes rice & beans)

Bottomless Weekends (Fri.,Sat. & Sun.)
Bottomless Mimosas & Bloody Marys $9.95


Campos Famous Burritos 2008 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
A family owned business established in Santa Monica in 1971

(310) 450-4477
Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Sunday 7am – 9pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tip
Try the burrito horneado. (I like it with turkey, but it’s an acquired taste) good spot. – Laura M (foursquare)


Casa Escobar 2500 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 828-1315
Directions
Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 9:45pm | Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 10:45pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • No Outdoor Seating

Chipotle Mexican Grill 1218 3rd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Gourmet Burritos and Tacos

(310) 458-2141
Menu | Directions | Visit Site | Order Online
Monday – Sunday 11am – 11pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Outdoor Seating

El Cholo 1025 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
Authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923.

(310) 899-1106
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm | Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm | Sunday 11am – 9pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

Tips
Order 2 Carne Asada Tacos. It’s not on the menu but they are amazing.  – Luke K. (foursquare)

If you don’t like an item in the Taste of History, they will gladly substitute it for a taco or tamale instead.  – Peter S. (foursquare)


El Texate 316 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Oaxacan cuisine

(310) 399-1115
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 10pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

El Torito Mexican Restaurant 3360 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Full service Mexican casual dining restaurant

(310) 450-8665
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 10pm | Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 10:30pm | Sunday 10am – 9:30pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

Fast Taco 2901 Ocean Park Blvd # 115, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Mexican Food on the Westside

(310) 450-4255
Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Friday 11am – 8pm | Saturday 11am – 5pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • Outdoor Seating

Gilbert’s El Indio Restaurant 2526 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Great Mexican food and great margaritas

(310) 450-8057
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Sunday – Thursday 8am – 11pm | Friday – Saturday 8am – midnight

  • Price: $
  • Cash Only
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tips
Monday’s special dish is the enchiladas suizas. Oh man that’s good stuff. Great Santa Monica institution.  – Nigel S. (foursquare)

Taco Tuesday $1 each. – Russell A. & Danny W. (foursquare)

The best margaritas in town for the best price!  – Laura P. (foursquare)


Holy Guacamole 2906 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 314-4850
Directions
Monday – Thursday 11am – 12am | Friday – Saturday 11am – 2am | Sunday 11am – 12am

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tips
Super Burrito! Largest burrito I’ve had in LA, and oh so good! I wish it was just a bit spicier, but awesome all-around. Tacos are a healthy size too! – Jorge B. (foursquare)

Veggie Burrito is SO good. +they give you yummy chips and salsa while you wait for your food. – Brittany W. (foursquare)


Kay ‘n Dave’s Cantina 262 26th St Santa Monica, CA 90402
Neighborhood Mexican cantina

(310) 260-1355
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm | Friday 11am – 9:30pm | Saturday 8:30am – 9:30pm | Sunday 8am – 9pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Serves Beer and Wine
  • No Outdoor Seating

La Playita 3306 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Mariscos (seafood), ceviche and tacos

(310) 452-0090
Directions
Monday – Sunday 9am – 11:30pm

  • Price: $
  • Cash Only
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • Outdoor Seating (without the seats)

Tip
Shrimp Ceviche is a MUST. – Zachariah J. (foursquare)


La Sandia 395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA 90401
Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila bar from Chef Richard Sandoval

(310) 393-3300
Directions | Visit Site | Reservations
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm | Friday & Saturday 11am – Midnight

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm
$3 Bar Menu

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Complimentary valet (up to 3 hours) for dining patrons

Tips
Order the fresh guacamole, carne asada, and mango margarita. – Royce D. (foursquare)

If you like your cocktail on the spicy side try Mezcal con Pepino! – Jenna L. (foursquare)

Great hibiscus margarita and the pork tacos are delicious. Try the guacamole to start! – Kate W. (foursquare)

Amazing place! Tortilla soup is so good. Awesome food and service! The ambiance is amazing too!! – Rhilee K. (foursquare)


Lares Restaurant 2909 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Serving Santa Monica authentic Mexican food since 1968

(310) 393-3300
Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Sunday 8am – 1am

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tips
Carnitas were great. Chipotle pollo was good, but really spicy. Loved the mango cheesecake – Nicole T. (foursquare)

Order the carnitas, best on the west side. – Steve R. (foursquare)


Lula Cocina Mexicana 2720 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
Authentic regional Mexican cuisine ~ festive tequila tasting nights

(310) 392 5711
Menu | Directions | Visit Site | Reservations
Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10:30pm | Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 11:30pm

Happy Hour
Monday – Wednesday 1pm – Closing | Thursday & Friday 1pm – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday  1pm – 6pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

Tip
The lobster tacos are amazing. You won’t be sorry! – Brad B. (foursquare)


Mariasol 401 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401
Enjoy the best view of the Pacific Ocean in California while eating great Mexican food and drinking delicious margaritas!

(310) 917-5050
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Thursday 10am – 10pm | Friday 10am – 11pm | Saturday 9am – 11pm | Sunday 9am – 10pm

  • Price: $$
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • Full Bar
  • Outdoor Seating

Panchos Tacos 2920 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Capturing the Heart of Mexican Style and Flavor

(310) 452-2970
Menu | Directions | Visit Site | Coupon
Monday – Sunday 7am – 11 pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tip
Best tacos and breakfast burritos on the West Side. really cheap too. Authentic, take my word for it! – Emily B. (foursquare)


Pinches Tacos 395 Santa Monica Pl Santa Monica, CA 90401
Real. Mexican. Food.

(310) 394-0373
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm | Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm | Sunday 10am – 8pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • Outdoor Seating

Tip
Try the Tortas for an excellent change of pace – Anthony A. (foursquare)


Poquito Mas 2025 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
Quality, “Fresh Mexican Cuisine,” in a Baja California atmosphere, at affordable prices.

(310) 828-1700
Menu (PDF) | Directions | Visit Site
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 10pm | Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Serves Beer and Wine
  • Outdoor Seating

Tip
Get the San Felipe burrito cooked scampi style. It’s bien! – ToddyT (foursquare)


Tacos Por Favor 1406 Olympic Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404
Healthy Mexican Food That Just Tastes Great!

(310) 392-5768
Menu | Directions | Visit Site
Monday – Saturday 8am – 8pm | Sunday 9am – 8pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Serves Beer and Wine
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Parking: meters

Tips
Have a Mexican Coke. It’s made from pure cane sugar. Just ask for a Coke in a bottle. $1.99 – Eliot (foursquare)

Street parking only (bring quarters); huge menu, breakfast all-day. Quality ingredients, cold beer. Even lentil soup. Awsm. And they deliver.  – Andrew N. (foursquare)

The Agua de Sandia (Watermelon water) is incredible. So is the veggie sopes and Potato hard shell taco. Yum! – Alia R. (foursquare)


Taqueria Chihuahua 1909 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Serving you the very best for over 30 years!

(310) 828-5003
Directions | Visit Site | Coupon
Monday – Sunday 8am – 10pm

  • Price: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • No Delivery
  • No Alcohol
  • No Outdoor Seating

Tip
Order the all meat burrito. Best in town – Joseph F. (foursquare)


Now it’s your turn. Leave your tips in the comments section below. And follow us on foursquare for tips around Santa Monica.

Have Lunch on Us

Photo Credit: Dave L.

Have lunch on us!

We are searching for one person to treat to lunch at their favorite Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica. Interested? Here’s the catch..

We are only looking for someone with a deep, unbridled love for a Mexican restaurant in town who can’t wait to tell the world why. You eat there often, they know you and you can’t wait to go back.

With your help, we will make a short video documenting your experience and giving you a chance to tell everyone why Lares, Tacos Por Favor, The Border Grill, La Sandia, or (fill in the blank) is your absolute favorite.

Tell us your name, the restaurant and why we should pick you.

The winner eats lunch on us!

The video will be posted on Buy Local Market. We are on a mission to help people discover the best of Santa Monica and to make buying local fun, easy and affordable. Now’s your chance to help!

Apply now! Contest closes 9/30

Not that big on Mexican food? Apply anyway. We’ll keep you in mind for future contests.